2016 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 1.0: L.A. Rams snag QB of future

By Lance Zierlein |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: Jan. 22, 2016 at 01:49 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    OT
    Mississippi
    Projected trade to Titans
    Why not protect the face of the franchise, Marcus Mariota, with a future All-Pro left tackle?
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    California
    Projected trade to Browns
    We all remember that Hue Jackson thought Carson Palmer would solve all of the Raiders' problems back in 2011. One has to wonder if he might believe the same thing with Goff, who might be Palmer-lite.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    Oregon
    Finding big men who can rush the passer isn't easy to do, but Buckner has size, length, athleticism and an ability to get after the quarterback. Rare traits such as those get a prospect drafted early.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DE
    Ohio St.
    Dallas needs a quarterback and that could be the call here, but Bosa adds instant help along the defensive front as a rusher.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    CB
    Florida St.
    Projected trade to Jaguars
    Ramsey is being viewed as a safety by many NFL teams, but whether he's a cornerback or a safety, he's a premium athlete with range and cover skills.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Notre Dame
    Eugene Monroe could be a cap casualty, so Stanley would be an easy decision for the Ravens if he were available here.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    OLB
    UCLA
    Patrick Willis was a tremendous draft pick for the 49'ers as a tone-setting inside backer. Jack has similar aggressive qualities and even great athleticism to roam the field.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Florida
    Projected trade to Dolphins
    This might be a little early for Hargreaves, who is a little shorter than teams like as an outside cornerback, but his twitch and coverage talent is undeniable.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Clemson
    This isn't a great year for edge rushers, but Dodd has high football character, size and projectable qualities to believe he can be a quality NFL pass rusher.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    OLB
    Notre Dame
    I'm assuming that Smith will come back fully healthy. If he does, he offers playmaking range and sneaky versatility that could help ramp up the Giants defense quickly.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    DT
    Alabama
    Vic Fangio benefited from a physical, tone-setting defensive front in San Francisco. Robinson gets Chicago a step closer to that type of defensive line.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    QB
    North Dakota St.
     
    The Saints have other needs they could address, but the ability to draft a talent like Wentz and let him sit behind Drew Brees might be too much for the Saints to pass on.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    OT
    Michigan St.
    Projected trade to Eagles
    Conklin is a grinder with an ability to help in the run game and passing game. He's not the premium athlete that Lane Johnson was, but he's more pro-ready coming out.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    CB
    Clemson
    The Raiders need to upgrade the cornerback spot and the brash Alexander fits the need.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    QB
    Memphis
    Projected trade to Rams
    New furniture often goes well in a new home. Will Stan Kroenke put plastic on Lynch to protect him for the first few years?
  16. Pick No.
    16
    DT
    Louisiana Tech
    Surprise. Butler has outstanding upside and has greater pass-rush potential from an interior spot than some of the others being listed ahead of him.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DE
    Clemson
    While he's not a pure edge speed guy, his hustle and power get him sack opportunities. Lawson's a good power player to go along with Vic Beasley's finesse style.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    OT
    Ohio St.
    While this feels like a reach move to me, Decker is a tremendous run blocker built for the right side. Can he protect Andrew Luck enough though?
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DT
    Mississippi
     
    While the talent and the traits should dictate an earlier slotting for Nkemdiche, fears about his character could cause him to drop. Rex Ryan won't care.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    ILB
    Alabama
    Dear Todd Bowles, I would love for you to have a physical masher who embodies what you preach. Ragland is that guy. Your friend, Lance. P.S. My dad says "hi."
  21. Pick No.
    21
    DT
    Alabama
    While Reed won't offer much as a pass rusher, he is an elite run defender with tremendous power and hand usage.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    RB
    Ohio St.
    I'll go ahead and save my Christian Hackenberg pick in this slot for later mock drafts. For now, let's pretend that the Texans go with a true three-down back with an ability to replace Arian Foster's production.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    Mississippi
     
    The Vikings need to find a quality target on the outside to become Teddy Bridewater's go-to guy. Treadwell's stock will drop due to his speed, but he's a highly competitive ball-winner who can come in and produce quickly.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    OLB
    Ohio St.
    The Bengals have question marks at the linebacker position due to free-agency concerns, but that could change over the course of the next two months.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    TE
    Arkansas
    Kevin Colbert believes in targeting the best players available. I don't see a quality cornerback available here, and Henry has rare blocking talent to go along with his ability as a pass catcher. Henry could step in tomorrow and take over a starting spot.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    OT
    Texas Tech
    Clark still has some holes he's working on, but he's athletic and has freakishly long arms at a position which the Seahawks need to lock down for the future.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    NT
    Baylor
    Billings has incredible power at the point of attack and can push the pocket as a pass rusher. Billings is an ascending talent who showed great improvement in 2015.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    DT
    Florida
    Right tackle could be the pick here, but I don't see a fit for what the Chiefs like. Instead, let's go with a hybrid lineman with penetration and pass-rush ability.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    OLB
    Georgia
    The Cardinals have to find more edge speed and Floyd has that for days. He's rail thin and needs time to add muscle, but the Cardinals could use him right away in sub packages only.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DE
    Eastern Kentucky
    Spence is a great redemption story who overcame drug addiction and a ban from the Big Ten to turn his life around. He is a good end prospect for the Panthers.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OT
    Auburn
    The Broncos must find help along the offensive line, and it might be time to reach just a bit on the 24-year-old left tackle who overcame a leukemia diagnosis in 2012.
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